GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Galloway, Stockton, Absecon, Pleasantville and State Police spent two hours breaking up a bar fight Friday morning at JD’s Pub & Grille.
Seven people — including current and former Richard Stockton College basketball players — were arrested.
JD’s hosts hundreds of Stockton students every Thursday, and there is never an issue, said owner Brian Storr. As part of the Thirsty Thursdays promotion, the bar provides free shuttle service between the bar and campus all night, he said.
Three bouncers were hired to work Thursday night, Storr said. In addition, three officers from Galloway and Stockton were called to JD’s at about 1:34 a.m. Friday to deal with a large crowd that had formed at the South New York Road restaurant.
A fourth officer on patrol responded when he saw the crowd.
Diandre C. Brown, 22, of Sicklerville, Camden County, caused a disturbance after he was denied entrance, Storr said. He had not brought an ID and was denied entrance, Storr said, but he forced his way in anyway.
Brown — a college senior who played on the basketball team this past season — was removed from the bar, police said. More officers responded after Brown starting causing a disturbance outside the bar. When a Galloway officer moved to arrest Brown, Brown head-butted him, scuffled with police and was taken into custody, police said.
The head-butted officer, Kerry Baerman, was later transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus, in Galloway Township, where he was treated for a concussion and released.
Officers tried to disperse the crowd, but several patrons exited JD’s and converged on them. Two men aggressively approached police, but when officers attempted to take them into custody they fled, police said.
One of the men, Devon E. Gibson, 21, of Newark, allegedly pushed a woman out of his way. The 22-year-old woman, of Gloucester Township, Camden County, was knocked unconscious and suffered a laceration to her head, police said. She was transported to AtlantiCare’s Mainland Campus, were she was treated and released. Sophomore basketball player Ibn I. Moye, 22, of Beachwood, also fled, police said.
After a pursuit in which one Galloway officer suffered ankle and knee injuries, the men were taken into custody. The officer, Raymond Casanova, was transported to AtlantiCare’s Mainland Campus for a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, and released. A third officer, John Mooney, was treated for a shoulder injury.
Brown was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, failing to disperse and obstruction of justice. His bail was set at $25,000.
Gibson was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and failing to disperse. He was held on $25,000 bail.
Moye was charged with failure to disperse, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. He was held on $10,000 bail.
At that point, police said, three officers from Absecon, two from Pleasantville, two from Stockton and four State Troopers responded.
Police arrested three additional men — Amir N. Hopkins, 21, of Camden; Chauncey O. Hunter, 27, of Atlantic City; and former Stockton basketball player Justin A. Wilson, 23, of Willingboro — and charged them with failure to disperse and obstruction of justice. Their bail was set at $5,000.
As one of the officers was transporting one of the men to the police station, his vehicle was nearly struck, head-on, when an oncoming vehicle crossed the center line at Pitney Road and Quail Hill Boulevard, police said.
Police said the driver, Michael Gallagher, 31, of Galloway, was arrested at 2:09 a.m. and charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving and refusal to submit to a breath test.
Tim Kelly, public relations director for Stockton, said the college is cooperating fully with police.
“We have do have campus judicial policies in place for student conduct on and off campus,” he said. “Those policies apply to all of our students at all times.”
The bar had no signs of any damage Friday afternoon.
“It could happen anywhere. It only takes one or two knuckleheads — that’s all; 99.9 percent of the Stockton students we have there are no problems at all,” Storr said.
Staff writers Susan Lulgjuraj and Joel Landau contributed to this report.
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